Is the sentence 2. sounds more..rude-ish?? They convey the same point but the way how the speaker delivers it could change the nuance and I wonder if that is applied to these two sentances~!

  1. I don't think you care about anything

  2. I think you don't care about anything

  • Oh, I edited and got rid of the 'already' part. I saw someone ask about "why does it seem like native speakers use 'I don't think you~' more often than 'I think you don't~'." So I becomes curious about what nuance each 1. and 2. has, if there is one. : ]
    – longne
    Nov 22, 2019 at 18:19

1 Answer 1


As so often, which one works better depends on the context. Imagine the following dialogue:

Person 1: You don't think I care about you?
Response: I don't think you care about anything.

The response naturally follows the construction of the question. The same is true in the following:

You must think I don't care about you.
I think you don't care about anything.

It's not so much a question of nuance as to which statement best fits a situation.

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